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Graphic Design

California Institute of the Arts via Coursera Specialization


Graphic design is all around us, in a myriad of forms, both on screen and in print, yet it is always made up of images and words to create a communication goal. This four-course sequence exposes students to the fundamental skills required to make sophisticated graphic design: process, historical context, and communication through image-making and typography. The sequence is completed by a capstone project that applies the skills of each course and peer feedback in a finished branding project suitable for a professional portfolio. The goal of this specialization is to equip learners with a set of transferable formal and conceptual tools for “making and communicating” in the field of graphic design. This core skill set will equip learners for formal studies in graphic design, and a starting point for further work in interface design, motion graphics, and editorial design.


Course 1: Fundamentals of Graphic Design
- Offered by California Institute of the Arts. Graphic Design is all around us! Words and pictures—the building blocks of graphic design—are ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Introduction to Typography
- Offered by California Institute of the Arts. Typography is the art of manipulating the visual form of language to enrich and control its ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Introduction to Imagemaking
- Offered by California Institute of the Arts. This course for serious makers, and for students new to imagemaking. Imagemaking is a fluid and ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Ideas from the History of Graphic Design
- Offered by California Institute of the Arts. This condensed survey course focuses on four key periods or themes from the history of design ... Enroll for free.

Course 5: Brand New Brand
- Offered by California Institute of the Arts. This course is the culmination of the Graphic Design Specialization and gives you an ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

Anther Kiley, Gail Swanlund, Lorraine Wild, Louise Sandhaus and Michael Worthington

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